Red Cross Says Check Smoke AlarmsWhen Turning the Clocks Back

Albuquerque, NM — It’s time to turn the clocks back and enjoy the extra hour lost in the spring. The end of Daylight Saving Time is also a great time to make sure someone’s household is prepared for emergencies.

“People should add checking their smoke alarms to the ritual of turning the clocks back,” said Rahim Balsara, Interim CEO of The American Red Cross in New Mexico “It’s a good time to change the batteries and push the test button to make sure the smoke alarm works. Folks should also check their carbon monoxide detectors.”

PREPARE FOR WINTER When everyone turns the clocks back, it’s also a good time to make sure their emergency preparedness supplies are ready for the fall and winter. An emergency preparedness kit should include, at the minimum:

  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food items and water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or crank radio
  • Can opener
  • First aid kit
  • Copies of important documents
  • Special items such as medications, diapers and infant formula
  • If someone already has an emergency preparedness kit, they should check it for expired food items, and refresh staples such as water, food and batteries. If there have been changes in prescriptions or dietary needs, add new foods and medications as needed.

    Update the emergency contact information in the family communications plan. Choose an out-of-area emergency contact that each person in the household can call if he/she becomes separated during a disaster situation.

    Taking simple actions like these can help people be better prepared for emergencies. More information on how to be prepared for emergencies is available on the Red Cross web site.

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